Welcome to the Hopi Arts Trail
The Hopi Arts Trail is not a literal trail to hike but rather a way for visitors to connect with the wonderful artists and galleries on the Hopi mesas in northern Arizona. The Hopi people have lived in villages on the mesas for over a thousand years and have one of the most uniquely preserved cultures in America. The Arts Trail is an invitation to the world to visit the mesas in a respectful manner, to connect with some of the very finest artists in their galleries and home workshops. Hopi art ranges from traditional to contemporary mediums and themes. Basket weaving, Kachina Doll carving, Pottery, and silversmithing are the four most prominent art forms but Hopi artists also find expression in painting, sculpture, glass making, and other contemporary art forms.
Visitors are welcome to drive across the Hopi reservation using the Arts Trail Map as a guide to visit the galleries and contact artists but the very best way to tour Hopi for the first time is with a tour guide who is certified by the Hopi Tribe. These guides are exceptionally knowledgeable about the traditions and culture of the Hopi. They know the Kachina Doll carvers, basket makers, silversmiths and other artists and can introduce visitors to the artists and explain the significance of the art.
The Hopi Arts Trail is a very new affiliation of artists and galleries – please come back to this site and discover more information as the Arts Trail grows. Stay up to date by signing up for the Arts Trail eNewsletter.
Stories on The Hopi Arts Trail
Join correspondent Tom Wilmer as he meets with a variety of Hopi people to discuss the latest happenings! Find all the podcasts here!
Hopi Arts Trail Passport
This brochure is your passport to savings
when you visit galleries and artists featured
on the Hopi Arts Trail. Present this Passport
for V.I.P. pricing.
Click here to view the brochure.
Meaning of the Arts Trail logo
The Hopi Arts Trail logo was designed to promote and portray Hopi Artists and an important aspect of Hopi Life (Hopi Katsi), Morning in Hopi. The sun rising in the back of the mesas is the symbol of a new day, Talavai (Morning) is the time when prayers are said to Our Father the Sun (Tawa). Prayers for a good life, for all things all over the world and especially the rain which is depicted in the clouds. The four colors of the Hopi are utilized representing the four directions, the four worlds, and white, red, blue, and yellow corn. The white section in the middle meaning purity or the trail we leave behind and that we are setting for generations to come.
In accordance with Hopi Life, the tools and the teachings of these ancient gifts (Mahkewa) are seen in our Doll Carving, Basket Making, Jewelry Making, and Pottery Making. These hand crafted products and our Hopi Artists are being effected by mass production and off-shore replication which has a huge impact on our Mahkewas and our way of life and survival.
I want to Thank You for this opportunity as a Hopi Artisan and a father. This logo is more than a logo, its a prayer for all and all it represents. This is my Mahkewa and I encourage everyone to find yours.
Kwa-Kwa (Thank you),
Bryan Humetewa, Artist
Upper Village of Moenkopi
Friends of Hopi Arts Trail
We are proud of our friendships that have helped with generating tourism for the Hopi Arts Trail. Click here to view the fine organizations that we think of as close friends.